22 Aug 2014 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 22 AUG (NAMPA) - The Deputy Prime Minister's Office and Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will launch an awareness campaign and celebrate the Smart Partnership Movement in the capital next week.
The movement falls within the framework of the Commonwealth Partnership for Technology Management (CPTM), and its awareness campaign launch will take place at the Independence Memorial Museum in Windhoek on Monday.
Former President Dr Sam Nujoma, who is also a founder member and fellow of the movement, will be the keynote speaker at the event.
Making the announcement in the capital on Wednesday, the Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of ICT, Mbeuta Ua-Ndjarakana said Namibia is a hub of the CPTM and the smart partnership global movement.
He explained that the Smart Partnership Movement acts as a national and international consultative forum through the CPTM in which smart partnership dialogues are held, to allow the sharing of experiences that would empower community members and create new opportunities for sustainable economic progress.
The movement aims to create limitless and sustainable opportunities that allow the participants to function in national economies.
Ua-Ndjarakana noted that projects are developed by participants in the movement driven by a smart partnership between Government, the private sector and community members while information, knowledge and expertise is shared between them and solutions are sought to development challenges.
The PS said these projects in Namibia include the start of successful businesses such as the Container Project and the education of over 700 hotel and catering staff by a community member.
Key principles in Smart Partnership include the creation of a web of inclusivity, volunteerism, a win-win philosophy and community and neighbourhood prosperity.
This is something Namibia aims to promote and develop.
According to Ua-Ndjarakana, the Smart Partnership Movement started in 1995 in Malaysia at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). Following the creation of this initiative, Smart Partnership Dialogues have been taking place annually.
The last dialogue took place in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania in June 2013 and the next dialogue will be held in South Africa in October 2014.
Namibia has been a keen participant in the movement since its inception.
The guests of honour at Mondays event include the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CPTM based in London in the United Kingdom, Michaela Smith.
She will be accompanied by a Smart Partner from Botswana, Lekoma Mothibatsela and the Director-General in the Presidency and Secretary to the Cabinet of South Africa (SA), Cassius Lubisi.